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SnT and IEE Computer Vision Research Laboratory Opening

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Published on Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Have you ever wondered how our safety is ensured at airports, banks, museums or at the Empire State Building in New York City?

Thanks to inventive research partnerships between The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and Luxembourg-based sensing specialist IEE, these security technologies are being developed right here in Luxembourg.

On Friday 9 March 2012, SnT and IEE unveiled their recent joint venture – a state-of-the-art Computer Vision Research Laboratory at the University of Luxembourg Campus Kirchberg, which will focus on designing new and practical sensor systems for security technology applications.   

The laboratory's goal is to combine the fundamental research conducted at SnT and the applied research conducted by IEE to create optimal conditions in which sensor research questions can be successfully answered. PhD student Frederic Garcia (pictured) demonstrated to members of the press and SnT his current research project. Mr. Garcia investigates how to improve the resolution of a 2D and 3D hybrid camera for increased accuracy in surveillance cameras which can be used at museums, banks or airports.

SnT researcher, Dr. Djamila Aouada, who manages these types of collaborative research projects at SnT, says, “The hybrid 2D/3D camera is based on IEE’s 3D MLI Sensor TM which is based on the Time-of-Flight principle. At SnT we have created algorithms to improve the depth information captured by this hybrid camera by combining, in real-time, 3D sensors with data from a 2D camera.” Dr. Bruno Mirbach, Algorithm Group Leader at IEE, confirms, “The results are very impressive, and are important for further developing IEE’s 3D MLI Sensor TM technology.”

Invisible shield around a sculpture

This type of technology has applications in occupancy monitoring in crowded public spaces and in the protection of priceless art work. Currently, this camera is in use to protect museum collections by creating an invisible 3D shield around an object. If someone attempts to touch or steal a valuable museum sculpture by reaching into the 3D camera’s shield, an alarm is triggered, discouraging theft and protecting precious museum collections.   

The SnT-IEE Computer Vision Research laboratory is fully equipped with the latest experimental instruments, cameras and sensors needed to tackle new challenges in improving security surveillance. In the near future, with the help of SnT at the University of Luxembourg, these developments will increase the accuracy and resolution in which security personnel can monitor high risk safety zones.

For more information on the latest research developments at SnT please visit www.uni.lu/snt .